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Er, no, she was killed in Syria. Very sad.
best to ignore it
Trolling a thread about someone who's just died is a bit of a dick move, whoever it is.
don't be naive
Some of the scenes on the news have been mental. So fair play to all journalists who've played their part. It seems like a totally desperate situation, to say the least.
Assad's regime doesn't seem to give a shit about sanctions or foreign pressure, especially as long as Iran, China and Russia back him. Diplomatic measures are redundant as long as the latter two maintain their stance.
Military intervention is a high risk strategy, with every risk of turning the whole thing into a complete bloodbath which disintegrates any vague sentiment of regional stability. Arming the rebels won't work as there isn't the organisation of Libya, and the regime has already not held back in rolling out tanks, heavy artillery and airstrikes against civilians.
A safe area for civilians won't work as unlike Libya who didn't want to be seen (but did) attacking civilians, Assad's forces have zero compunction in cracking out the slaughter. A safe zone just concentrates people they want to kill.
I'm at a loss to how we (the royal We of the West) can do anything concrete to help
Chirac wasn't also selling billions of dollars of arms to Iraq at the same time
Russia is full on backing Syria. They are and have been for a while, arming Assad's forces to the teeth.
I actually wish the West would apply some of its (misguided and economic) reluctance to get involved in Africa to the ME. Africa is a continent where nation states have been decided on the needs of colonialists rather then ethnic or tribal lines. Intervening (as shown throughout the 90s) will mostly likely lead to a humongous clusterfuck where masses more people will die (this has the negative impact of not being able to recognise the potential of a truly horrendous humanitarian disaster - Rwanda, Liberia as a consequence of Somalia).
The ME is pretty similar in that the nation states are colonial hangovers that have left religious minorities and majorities - as is the case in Syria and even more so in Iraq. But because of the economic imperative *we* dive right on in.
The West - sometimes doing the right thing for the wrong reasons, often doing the wrong thing for the wrong reasons. Will we ever learn
Which is one of the most tragically LOL worthy things I've ever heard.
Russia are full on backing him. Got to stick up for one of your best customers after all
i've asked before but i'll ask again: why do journalists believe they have some sort of immunity in war zones?
hence all those news reports with the journo in flak jacket and helmet etc and everyone else in the background not bothering. Or John Simpson 'liberating' Kabul. Journos love a bit of WAR and are quite backslapping about it. The coverage of journalists killed is massively disproportionate compared to the civilians/actual combatants.
But this is a pretty disrespectful place to talk about that side of things. Sorry.
but remember what a cruicial job journalists do in these situations